Monthly Archives: September, 2011

Christ as a light…

This is from Morning Prayer at the Northumbria Community.  It is much like Patrick’s breastplate with a few different nuances. It can be sung, or said.  It has deep Celtic roots and is used in contemporary settings. Canticle Christ, as a light illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield overshadow me. Christ under me; …

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St. Michael and All Angels

Today is a Feast Day in honor of Saint Michael and All Angels.  It is known as Michaelmas (Michael’s Mass) in some circles.  Michael happens to be the saint I was named after, but I doubt that my parents ever really considered that. They were from religious traditions that did not put a whole lot …

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The Narrow Gate…and more

Today’s Gospel reading from the Daily Office is Matthew 7:13-21: The Narrow Gate ‘Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there …

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Don’t Judge…

Staying with the Gospel reading in the Daily Office this morning–Matthew 7:1-12: Judging Others ‘Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgement you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not …

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Don’t Worry…

The Gospel from the Daily Office is Matthew 6:25-34.  This is one of those passages that gets under your skin, because it speaks the impossible and you know it is so true at the same time. We usually start the dialogue in our mind that goes something like: “Yeah, Jesus, easy for you to say. …

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Thoughts from 9/25/11

Today I actually preached from the lectionary instead of listened to a sermon.  It is quite different stepping into a pulpit infequently rather than the every week approach that I have known for most of my career. I focused primarily on Philippians 2- The Christ Hymn.  Without sharing my sermon from one end to the …

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